March 15, 2015

Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast!

Title quote taken from: Ron Burgundy (played by Will Farrell) in a scene from the 2004 comedy film Anchorman

The interweb provided David and I with the necessary tools for home (bike) shopping, and we bounced off ideas and ads of each other, until it all came down to the very affordable category of Honda cruisers. There were plenty, and most of them seemed in excellent shape. One offer had particularly grabbed our attention: a spick-and-span looking 2003 Honda Shadow 750 with low mileage, Cobra pipes, and a sissy bar with luggage rack. Alas, the two-wheeler also came with a paint job in form of yellow-orange-red flames, and all I could think of was: No way I would ever be riding this!


But since the bike was available for showing close to his home, David went to have a look at it anyway. He found it in clean condition and evidently well cared for. This is when everything escalated quickly, and when I got his call shortly before midnight that Sunday, I could hear in his tone of voice that he was to declare this flamin' hot bike to be ours. Oh yes, despite the paint job and the loud custom pipes.

Introducing: (Black) Betty

 Pictures taken from Kijiji add (now offline), I hope Jerry doesn't mind.
2003 HONDA Shadow 750 A.C.E.

This very reasonably priced (was it the flames job?) Honda turned out to be the A.C.E. (American Classic Edition), which once were made to steal the sales off Harley Davidson by offering a budget priced cruiser in a chrome outfit. The marketing guys had it right back then. The sales numbers went through the roof when introducing the model in 1998, and there is still quite the fandom around it.


With it still being winter in Quebec, the previous owner had offered to have the bike stored in his garage until weather would permit safe riding for David to take Betty to its new home. It didn't stop David from already opening up the shopping season for accessories, though, like RAM mounts and a Stebel horn and what else... I told you, this really got out of hand fast, and we've only started...

Find David's posting on this here.

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Das ging nicht nur verdammt schnell, es ist auch bereits außer Kontrolle...
Das Internet versorgte uns mit allen Möglichkeiten des virtuellen Einkaufs, und David und ich schoben uns gegenseitig die Anzeigen zu, die wir entdeckt hatten. Schließlich war klar, dass wir uns preislich am ehesten auf einen Honda Chopper einlassen konnten. Das Angebot war groß, die Preise günstig und die Bikes schienen in guter Kondition. Ein Modell fiel uns dabei besonders auf, eine fast neu aussehende 2003 Honda Shadow 750 mit niedrigem Kilometerstand, Cobra Auspuff und einer Sissybar mit Gepäckträger. Leider wurde das Modell in seinen frühen Tagen mit einem Flammen-Look ausgestattet, und ich dachte noch bei mir, das geht ja gar nicht! Da das Mopped in der Nähe von Davids Wohnort zu besichtigen war, fuhr er trotzdem hin und fand es in einem top-gepflegten Zustand vor. Es war Sonntag kurz vor Mitternacht, als er mich mit aufgeregter Stimme anrief und erklärte, dass wir dieses flammend heiße Motorrad haben müssen, trotz Lackierung und überlautem Auspuff. Plötzlich war mir klar, dass hier gerade ein Hirngespinst dabei war, Wirklichkeit zu werden. Schicksal! Da war sie nun: unsere (Black) Betty. Bei dieser Honda handelt es sich um das A.C.E Modell (American Classic Edition), welches 1998 in Nordamerika eingeführt wurde, um potentiellen Käufern einen preiswerten und gefälligen Chopper alternativ zu Harley Davidson anzubieten. Offensichtlich war diese Marketingstrategie seinerzeit aufgegangen, denn die Verkaufszahlen schnellten damals in die Höhe und die A.C.E. erfreut sich auch heute noch einer großen Fangemeinde. Leider herrscht ja noch tiefer Winter in Quebec, und so nutzte David die angebotene Option des Verkäufers, das Motorrad noch in der Garage stehen zu lassen, bis es sicher genug auf kanadischen Straßen ist, um Betty in ihr neues Heim zu überführen. Das hielt David jedoch nicht davon ab, schon einmal die Zubehör-Shopping Saison zu eröffnen... ich sag' ja, es ist bereits außer Kontrolle.

30 comments:

  1. Awesome! You guys are so cool that your cool factor will over some the paint job, if not a can of spray paint can be your best friend. Very very cool! Any chance of Betty making her way out West?

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    1. Who knows, Dar... maybe David will ride her over there and I'll bring her back...

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  2. Congratulations and welcome to the international multi-bike ownership club. She looks very nice! I saw one similar yesterday in UK but it had skulls and all that stuff emblazoned all over it - Mrs N would not approve.. Vulcan S looked quite good...

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    1. Well, Nick, you were truly inspirational for me by owning a bike in each country. I merely took the idea, and put it on a greater scale: one bike on each continent...

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    2. Could I offer you one in England?

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    3. Don't you already have that big badass Beemer of yours over there, and the baby Beemer in Wiesbaden?

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    4. The baby is in Greece, the Big GS in in UK and I want a Wiesbaden set of wheels....

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    5. Right, good thinking, Nick! That's the spirit!

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  3. Da kannst du sagen, was du willst, ich finde sie äusserst cool in ihrem Flammenkleid. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum gemeinsamen Sorgerecht :-)

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    1. Funny, ich denke, es wird Liebe auf den 2. Blick werden... Die Adoptiveltern sind jedenfalls gerade sehr glücklich über die Ankunft des "Babys".

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  4. The A.C.E. models caught my eye and I'm still a bit perplexed as to why but there you are. Willy, one of the guys that shows up at our Wildcat Rally, owns one, a touring model. More than once I've done some online shopping for one like his. You'll have fun adventure on yours!

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    1. Thanks Coop, I am sure there will be adventures galore and stories to tell for moto generations to come ;-)

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  5. Sonja, we got more snow overnight, enough to bring the ploughs out :(

    No worries though. A few days of positive temps, a little rain, and Betty comes home.

    Won't be long :)

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    1. I will be keeping an eye on the weather report, David... but hey, no pressure ;-)

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  6. I was looking at these a while back. The flames, there are ways to address that. The 14 l tank seems a bit small for touring.

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    1. Richard, we already looked into it, but it is not high on the priority list right now ;-) As for touring, when you're used to a Sportster or Vespa tank, fuel management becomes your middle name. (and you tend to carry a jerry can along...)

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  7. Congratulations! I never considered the idea of multi-continent bike ownership before, but it's a great idea if you're planning to spend some serious saddle time 'across the pond'. Good luck and enjoy!.

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    1. Well, thank you. It is all David's fault, you know. There will be serious saddle time planned come September...

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  8. Congrats to you two on the bike. I am sure you will both enjoy many miles of riding on her.

    If the flames lowered the price so be it. At least you got it for a fair price and it is what you want. Enjoy.

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    1. Brandy, everything worked in our favour, we simply couldn't turn it down. I am sure we will get over the flames eventually. It will be a good start for us into our new adventure of shared bike parenthood.

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  9. Yeah, the flames are a bit showy but not too bad.....I think you and Dave will get used to them......perhaps get flame patches for your riding jackets! ;)

    Kidding of course, congrats on the deal.....

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    1. Dom, I guess David and I myself are not really the showy types, but maybe we grow into it ;-) and get the patches too.

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  10. Congratulations! The Street Triple will be going next year. Want to buy it and me store it for you to use to tour NZ again? ;-)

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    1. Geoff, great idea. However, I might have a hard time explaining it to Roland that I might need another sabbatical to ride down under. Why don't you just keep it as a spare for visitors? ;-)

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  11. Das gute ist, wenn du draufsitzt, siehst du es fast gar nicht ;-)
    Gratulation!

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    1. Aus der Perspektive habe ich es noch gar nicht gesehen, Heike. Tankrucksack drauf und schon sieht man von oben drauf gar nix mehr...

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  12. Looks in good condition for a 12yo bike.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Paul. You are right, the condition is close to perfect given the age.

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  13. Na, herzlichen Glückwunsch!! Das ging ja echt schnell!
    Und das Flammenkleid wird sie am Kurvenausgang erst so richtig gehen lassen, wirst schon sehen! :)
    Ganz viel Spaß damit!

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    1. Danke, Minya. Wir waren auch ganz perplex. Aber irgendwie schien es auf uns gewartet zu haben. Mal sehen, ob die Flammen Auswirkungen auf unser Fahrverhalten haben werden ;-)

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